Great horned owl © Phil Sorrentino

What To Do This Weekend: Jan 26-27

Go birding, make sourdough bread, search for owls, take a nature walk, look for animal tracks, talk about climate change, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Great horned owl © Phil Sorrentino
Great horned owl © Phil Sorrentino

North Shore

Go Saturday Morning Birding in the Newburyport/Plum Island are — one of the best year-round birding locations in the country. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults, registration required)

See live birds of prey up close during Wingmasters Birds of Prey. This is a fantastic opportunity to see birds such as the Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk, Saw-whet Owl, Barn Owl, Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, and Eastern Screech-owl. (adults and children, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Learn the age-old tradition of Sourdough Bread Making in this hands-on workshop. Mix, knead, and shape loaves to taste and take home. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Take a Winter Nature Walk at Boston Nature Center. Along the way, learn about tracks, birds, winter animals, trees in winter, or whatever sparks our interest on the trail! (families, registration required)

Explore the world of owls on a Family Owl Prowl at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. Discover unique adaptations of owls, practice owl calls, and meet some of the museum’s resident owls before going on a night hike. (families, registration required)

During Tracks and Traces at Moose Hill in Sharon get to know the basics of animal track patterns and then head outside to look for evidence of our resident winter wildlife. (families, registration required)

Enjoy a guided Sunday Stroll at Stony Brook in Norfolk to look for any interesting and unusual sights at the sanctuary. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Take to the trails and discover something new about nature during a Family Adventure Day at Tidmarsh in Plymouth. We may read a story, make a craft, or sing songs but we will always explore the outdoors and have fun! (families, registration required)

Once dusk has settled over the marsh let the moon light your way on a Twilight Walk at Tidmarsh. Stop, look, and listen for creatures that awaken with the setting of the sun. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

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Cape and Islands

Discover the tranquility of Wellfleet Bay in winter on a naturalist-guided Winter Walk. Search for winter waterfowl and other birdlife, tracks and traces of wildlife, and whatever else crosses our path. (adults, registration required)

Attend a Climate Cafe on Martha’s Vineyard. Drink coffee and take part in community conversations about local environmental issues and climate related topics at different island businesses. (adults and children ages 10+)

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Central Massachcusetts

Go on a Family Owl Prowl at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. Learn all about owls in an indoor introduction, followed by a short hike to listen for owls or other nighttime wildlife. (families, registration required)

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Strap on snowshoes (or microspikes, depending upon conditions) and Hike Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Track wildlife and watch for animal activity around ponds, streams, meadows, and woodlands. (adults, registration required)

Understand Animal Tracks and Signs at Lime Kiln Farm in Sheffield. Discover new whodunit mysteries that take place out in nature while we’re typically warm inside our homes. (adults and children ages 8+. registration required)

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About Hillary T.

Where: Mass Audubon Headquarters, Lincoln Who: Massachusetts transplant by way of Florida and New York. Raising two young girls, who she hopes will be budding naturalists Favorite part of the job: Learning something new every day from some of the smartest and most enthusiastic groups of people

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